ASES News – May 2020


ASES News – May 2020

Presidential Address from William N. Levine, MD

ASES Annual Meeting Goes Virtual!

Dear ASES Members,

On behalf of the Executive Committee and the Program Committee for the ASES Annual Meeting September 30-October 3, 2020, I regret to inform you that we have had to cancel the in-person meeting. Given the current state of the pandemic, the uncertainty of a potential “second wave”, the uncertainty of social distancing and what that would mean for a meeting of our size, and our concerns for the health and well-being of all of our members and staff, we were left with no choice but to cancel the meeting and instead move to a virtual platform. While we are disappointed that we had to make this decision, we are so excited by the program that Charley Jobin and Leesa Galatz have put together and are even more excited by the emergence of innovative, interactive technology that will allow us to virtually provide the state-of-the-art in education of shoulder and elbow surgery.

I look forward to sharing more information regarding our virtual annual meeting in the weeks ahead and wish you all good health and safety as we all navigate this crisis together.


William N. Levine, MD
ASES President

ASES Fellow’s Day is Going Virtual: All members are invited to attend!

Friday, June 19, 2020

We sincerely hope that the effect of the current Coronavirus health crisis is turning the corner. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact in the world, and amongst other consequences, it has influenced the format of many educational activities. As you may know, every year ASES holds a special event to honor and recognize our graduating fellows. We are excited to announce that this year we will have the first ever Virtual ASES Fellows’ Day Program. The format will take advantage of all the novel features that an internet-based program can offer.

Chaired by Drs. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo and Robert Hartzler, this three-hour program will take place on Saturday June 20th, 2020, at 10:00am EST (7:00am PST). The program will include presentations by the graduating fellows on their research as well as fun and interactive sessions with the participation of several of our ASES members as faculty.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about the highest quality research completed by graduating ASES Fellows and their mentors, and to learn from experts in the field.

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in our 2020 Virtual ASES Fellows’ Day Program. Specific details will follow on the final program and internet connection details. We hope to “see you” there!


Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo MD, PhD
Robert Hartzler, MD

Co-Chairs, 2020 ASES Fellows’ Day

Two awards will be given to fellows who participate in this symposium. These awards include:
  • Robert H. Cofield, MD, Award: For clinically-based research, reflecting Dr. Cofield’s career dedication to the “End-Result Idea”, including studies with good long-term follow-up, which can impact the decisions that surgeons make today.
  • Richard J. Hawkins, MD, Award: For basic science, biomechanics, or data collection studies that are accomplished by the fellow during his or her fellowship.

ASES 2021 Exchange Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2021 Exchange Fellowship Program are now being accepted!

The four-week European exchange fellowship will begin in the fall of 2021. Applicants must be no more than 10 years out of their fellowship as of December 31, 2020, practicing in the United States or Canada, board eligible or certified orthopaedic surgeons with a special interest and experience in shoulder and elbow research and patient care.
For more information and to obtain an application, visit the ASES website or email .
The deadline date for completed applications is, Monday, October 12, 2020.


Seminars in Arthroplasty: JSES

Celebrate Ernest Amory Codman, MD


Help Support the ASES Foundation

ASES Resident Course Registration is Open!


On October 30-31, 2020, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons will be hosting its annual ASES Resident Course: Essentials of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) located in Rosemont, Illinois. The course will offer a review of the principles of shoulder and elbow anatomy and help residents and fellows further their skills and gain mastery of surgical approaches and procedures of the shoulder and elbow. Please note that both residents and fellows are welcome to attend. Registrants must be a current resident or fellow during the 2020-2021 year.

Attendees will learn essential procedures of the shoulder and elbow through hands-on lab instruction, case discussions, and podium presentations by renowned ASES faculty. The many topics and procedures covered will include:

•           Shoulder Instability
•           Rotator Cuff Lab & Cases
•           Arthroscopic Bankart and Posterior Labrum Repair
•           Diagnostic Elbow

•           Anatomic and Reverse TSA and much more!

Please pass this information on to your residents and/or fellows and encourage them to register through the ASES website: ASES Resident Course. Registration includes all lectures, lab, industry displays, meals, and “pizza and beer” networking dinner.

AANA/ASES Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Lab Course

Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder: When and How to Treat Shoulder Pathology is a two-and-a-half-day course focusing on teaching advanced techniques in shoulder–from arthroscopy to arthroplasty, from the fundamentals to the most advanced techniques. The course format will include lectures, discussion, interactive case-based presentations, and hands-on lab session with cadaveric specimens, implants and instrumentation. The dedicated two-to-one lab experience alongside luminaries from AANA and the ASES will bring you to the cutting edge of shoulder surgery.

Register Today!

Apply to be an OMeGA Review Committee Member

OMeGA Medical Grants Association is accepting applications for its 2021 Review Committee (RC). RC members use their subspecialty expertise to evaluate fellowship program grant applications using OMeGA’s merit-based process.
RC applicants must have no financial interest in any orthopaedic medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. (“Financial interest” shall mean ownership or personal compensation arrangements such as employment, consulting, speaking, gifts or development relationships. Ownership of less than 5% in publicly traded securities and mutual funds in orthopaedic medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies will not be considered a “financial interest.”)

The application deadline is Friday, July 10, 2020. Learn more or apply today by visiting or emailing


Knowledge Sources Posted

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) has posted 152 Knowledge Sources for this year’s ABOS Web-Based Longitudinal Assessment Program (ABOS WLA). This includes 101 new Knowledge Sources and 51 Knowledge Sources carried over from last year. The Knowledge Sources have been chosen by groups of practicing orthopaedic surgeons representing General Orthopaedics and each Orthopaedic Subspecialty.

The 2020 ABOS WLA Assessment Window will be open April 13-May 18. Participating ABOS Diplomates will be able to answer the 30 questions pertaining to their 15 chosen Knowledge sources during the time period. Besides making a few technical tweaks, the biggest difference for 2020 is that Diplomates will know in advance from which Knowledge Source each question will come. They will still need to choose Knowledge Sources prior to answering the first question, but by knowing which Knowledge Source the next question will be coming from, Diplomates will be able to focus their time in reviewing the Knowledge Sources.

More information on the ABOS WLA Program, including participation eligibility and Passing Standards can be found here: The participation criteria are specific based on a Diplomate’s ABOS Certification Expiration date. Please do not hesitate to call the ABOS office with questions about the new ABOS WLA program.

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